Medicare open enrollment for 2017 starts Oct. 15, which is just a few weeks away. This is an annual period when Medicare recipients can enroll in or change their Medicare coverage. But for many, choosing a Medicare plan is confusing.
- Should you go with traditional Medicare?
- Do you need a supplemental plan to cover your costs?
- What is Medicare Advantage and how is it different from traditional Medicare?
- What’s the difference between Medicare parts A, B, C and D?
To help our patients and their families sort through these questions, Emory Healthcare, in partnership with MedicareCompareUSA, has launched a Medicare Information Helpline.
This free, unbiased resource is available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. by calling 1-(855) 256-1501. MedicareCompareUSA is an independent insurance agency. That is not affiliated with the federal Medicare program.
The helpline connects you with professionals who can help you understand Emory Healthcare’s Medicare resources, and help you:
While the helpline provides a great resource during open enrollment, it also will be available throughout the year, along with Medicare Information Seminars, which can help educate people who are turning 65, or even for those who are already enrolled in a Medicare product, but want more information.
If you’re turning 65, you have a 7-month period around the time of your birthday when you can enroll for a Medicare coverage — the three months prior to your birthday, the month of your birthday and the three months after your birthday. There are other special enrollment periods, which you can learn more about at the medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for Medicare.
Other Medicare resources at Emory Healthcare
Live Chat on Medicare: On October 18 — from noon to 1 p.m. — representatives from Emory Healthcare and MedicareCompareUSA will host a Medicare Basics Live Chat to help explain Medicare products in real time. The chat is free, open to the public and web-based, so anyone with a computer can attend from their home or office. They can sign up online at here .
Learn more about Emory Healthcare’s Medicare Information Resources
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Sign up for the Medicare Basics Live Chat on October 18, from noon to 1 p.m.